Most Popular Dog; Labrador Retriever Continues 22-Year Streak [VIDEO]

By iScienceTimes Staff on January 31, 2013 1:10 PM EST

Most Popular Dog in the U.S.
The Labrador Retriever once again tops the list for most popular dog in the U.S. (Photo: Creative Commons)

Americans love their Labrador Retrievers, probably because they're so good at loving us back.

The most popular dogs of 2012 were announced by the American Kennel Club, and once again the Labrador Retriever tops the list. The most popular dog for 2012 has been the most popular dog for the last 22 years, an impressive streak considering there are more than 170 breeds out there. Did your favorite pooch graduate to the top ten list of most popular dogs in 2012? Here's the list from the AKC.

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2012 Most Popular Dogs in the U.S.

1. Labrador Retriever

2. German Shepherd Dog            

3. Golden Retriever       

4. Beagle             

5. Bulldog           

6. Yorkshire Terrier         

7. Boxer              

8. Poodle            

9. Rottweiler

10. Dachshund

According to the AKC, there were also some changes in the lower ranks of the most popular dog in the U.S.

Mastiff-type breeds have risen in rank, with the Mastiff going from 34 to 26 and the Bullmastiff from 47 to 39 over the past decade, and the Cane Corso (67 to 60), Neapolitan Mastiff (116 to 112) and Dogue de Bordeaux (69 to 67) all making gains on the most popular dog list since the year they became recognized.

"Bully" breeds have pawed their way into people's hearts over the past decade with the Bull Terrier (79 to 51), Staffordshire Bull Terrier (91 to 76) and Miniature Bull Terrier (132 to 126) all making strong gains on the most popular dog list. 

Dog owners are showing their love for Sporting Breeds over this past year as the Spinone Italiano (123 to 114), Boykin Spaniel (138 to 116) and Welsh Springer Spaniel (130 to 125) have all made their way up the most popular dog list.

Small dogs that are on the rise this year are the Havanese (31 to 28) and Affenpinscher (139 to 138), while the Chihuahua (14 to 18), Pomeranian (17 to 19) and Pug (26 to 30) seem to have fallen out of favor.

"Bigger breeds are making their move," said AKC Spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "The popularity of the pint-sized, portable pooch just gave way to a litter of larger breeds in the Top 10. These predictable, durable, steady breeds, like Labs and Goldens, are great with kids and offer the whole family more dog to love."

Peterson talked to ABC News at a press event for the AKC's annual list of most popular dogs, explaining why the Labrador Retriever continually tops the list.

"They do so many things so well: They're great company and a great family dog, but also work in law enforcement, bomb and narcotics detection, search and rescue, and as hunting dogs," she said. "And they come in three colors."

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